August 13, 2019
Story and photos submitted by Carol Rhan
Pastor, Glendive and Wibaux UMCs, Montana
On Aug. 13, members and friends of Glendive United Methodist Church in Glendive, Montana gathered on the lawn of the church to advocate for an end to racism, gun violence, a ban on assault weapons and to remind the community that God is our refuge. Pastor Carol Rhan invited the congregation to join her and her husband, Larry Condon, in an act of Social Holiness after the horrific weekend of three mass killings perpetrated in the name of nationalism, racism and hate.
Of the 13 folks who stood in 95-degree weather for an hour, most, including Pastor Carol and Larry, had never participated in this sort of public display of advocacy. This event was also especially significant because local social media boards had made dozens of ugly comments about the actions of the church. Of course, in the end, holiness and love prevailed and there were no incidents. In addition to United Methodists, there were Roman Catholics and a Mennonite.